Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Gap 'terribly sorry' over T-shirt China map without Taiwan

Gap T Shirt with map of China Gap 'terribly sorry' over T-shirt China map without Taiwan
Jean Garcia | 15 May, 2018, 14:27

U.S. clothing retailer Gap has apologised to China over a T-shirt with a map showing the mainland but omitting Taiwan, becoming the latest foreign firm to run afoul of Beijing's policy on the self-ruling island.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said the map also omitted South Tibet and the South China Sea, and that it had prompted hundreds of people to complain on Gap's official account on China's Weibo microblogging website.

The company said it respected China's "sovereignty" and would implement "rigorous reviews" to prevent a repeat of the incident.

The company said it strictly abides by Chinese law and will devote itself to greater scrutiny to avoid similar errors in the future.

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This is not the first time USA companies have been urged by Chinese internet users or China's government to change products or advertising materials to appease the "one China policy".

T-shirt with map of China. On April 25, it sent dozens of global airlines a written threat of severe punishments if they don't change their websites to declare that Taiwan is part of China - a move that provoked a strong pushback from the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement earlier this month that China's demands on airlines for strict guidelines for references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are "part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies". "China's internal Internet repression is world-famous". The move came a few months after Delta Air Lines was censured by the CAA for listing both Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website.

In January, Australia's Qantas Airways changed its website classification of Taiwan and Hong Kong from separate countries to Chinese territories, blaming its earlier approach on an "oversight". The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read. USA clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China. Last year, German carmaker Audi was in hot water for omitting Taiwan and parts of western China on a map used at their annual meeting, while Mercedes-Benz apologized in February for quoting the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, on Instagram. Other T-shirts in the range show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada but are decorated with national flags rather than maps.

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